Healthwatch in Greater Manchester receives highly commended recognition at national awards

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We are pleased to announce Healthwatch in Greater Manchester has been recognised as highly commended in the Long Term Plan category at the 2019 Healthwatch Network Awards.

The work done by Healthwatch Bury in collaboration with colleagues in Greater Manchester has been recognised as ‘Highly commended’ in this year’s Healthwatch Network Awards in the Long Term Plan category

Engagement for this project took place across Greater Manchester between March 4th – April 26th, 2019. Healthwatch in Greater Manchester worked closely together on this project with all 10 Local Healthwatch in the city region using the same locally adapted questionnaires. Healthwatch Bury took a variety of approaches appropriate to the local area with the survey publicised online, via social media, distributed hard copies at local groups and events.

Every year, the Healthwatch Network Awards celebrate the many positive stories of how the local Healthwatch network is helping to make care better for thousands of people. The awards are an opportunity to demonstrate where local Healthwatch worked within the local community to make sure health and social care services meet people’s needs.

Healthwatch listen to what people like about the NHS and social care and what needs to be improved. Their views are shared with health and care professionals, so that services can understand what people and their families want from care.

These awards recognise how people’s feedback is vital to improving services. Thanks to the many hundreds of thousands of people who shared their experiences with Healthwatch last year. This has led to positive changes to the way local health and care services are run.

The local Healthwatch shortlisted for 2019 Healthwatch Network Awards were picked from almost 150 award entries.

The winner and the highly commended from each category were chosen by a panel of external judges and announced last night at the Healthwatch England Annual Conference on 1 October 2019.

 Barbara Barlow, Chair of Healthwatch Bury said,

“We would like to thank all the public who completed the survey and those who gave their time to attend the special focus groups. Without your contribution we couldn’t have achieved this recognition”

 Imelda Redmond, CBE, National Director of Healthwatch England said,

“The Healthwatch Network Awards is a fantastic event which showcases the very best of local Healthwatch and it’s an opportunity for everyone to come together and celebrate the impact our teams and volunteers have in improving health and care across the country. The awards demonstrate the breadth of issues local Healthwatch work on every year. Their work makes sure people’s experiences are placed at the heart of the services they receive.

I’d like to acknowledge and thank all the network and congratulate those who took part, they have done their communities proud.”